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review 2017-10-21 18:31
Artemis
Artemis - Andy Weir

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

I loved “The Martian”, so of course I was bound to request this one. To be fair, I didn’t enjoy it as much, but it was still a good, fun read in several ways.

I found the characters in general likeable enough, in definite ‘shades of grey. The ‘heroes’ of this story are seldom all white, and go about their business with good intentions and shady ways. The businessman who moved to the moon to help his ailing daughter, but is a crook on the side. The economist who almost single-handedly set a whole country as the only entry point to the Moon, and won’t shy away from closing eyes on criminal deals as long as they help keeping Artemis afloat. The city’s policeman (Artemis has something like 2,000 inhabitants, minus the tourists, so Rudy does the job) who’s keeping order by breaking a few arms at times if he deems it’ll be a better punishment than prison. And, of course, Jazz Bashara herself, porter by day, smuggler by night, of sorts, running her little operation with no one the wiser.

(Granted, not everyone is a complete a-hole here, Jazz’s father for instance is a law-abiding citizen who doesn’t want anything to do with his daughter’s shady side; on the other hand, Jazz clearly has him to thank for her own ethical side, the one that makes her never renege on a deal, and puts her in the (trustworthy criminal’ category, so to speak.)

The story itself starts in a fairly typical way for heist stories: Jazz needs money, her criminal activities aren’t bringing in as much as she needs, nor quickly enough, so when a dangerous but particularly juicy deal comes her way, she shoves her qualms in her pocket and accepts it. Only it turns out she’s bitten more than she could chew, and finds herself embroiled in an almost conspiracy, forcing her to gather all her wits, resources and allies in order to find a way out. All in all, the kind of story I like to read: maybe not the most original, but with high potential for action, fun, quirky characters, and, well, capers.

There isn’t as much technical detailing in this novel as there was in “The Martian”, so it’s definitely not hard to follow. The whole caper(s) resting on scientific knowledge and using the moon’s gravity and peculiar sides to work within the plan, that was really interesting for me. Maybe the welding-related descriptions were a little too long at times, though; at least, I didn’t care as much about those as I did about other scientific explanations.

I liked the overall diversity in Artemis. This small city has, from A to Z, a multicultural side that I think worked well, and didn’t rest on the usual ‘Western world colonises space’ (Kenya and its space company holds the entry door to the moon, Artemis’s administrator is a Kenyan woman, the policeman is Canadian, Jazz and her father are from Saudi Arabia, many of Jazz’s contacts are Vietnamese or Slavic, etc.).

I wasn’t totally on board with the way Jazz told the story, though. The wit didn’t work as well here as it did in “The Martian”, mostly, I’d say, because there’s too much of a dichotomy between Jazz’s ‘voice’ and her age: sometime in the middle of the story, we learn she’s 26, but from her tone, attitude, expressions and way of being, I would’ve thought her late teens/20, and not older. There -is- an immature side to her character, so in itself it’s not like her voice doesn’t fit at all, yet it didn’t feel ‘right’ either.

Conclusion: 3.5 stars. Disregard the author’s previous best-seller, take this story as it comes, and enjoy the heist parts, the assembling of Jazz’s motley crew, the description of Artemis, and the outings on the Moon in an EVA suit that can spring a leak just any time due to the characters attempting bold moves and daring rescues.

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review 2017-10-21 04:15
Slowly
Pillowtalk - Cassie Mae

 Kennedy has been through tragedy.  On the other side, she goes to her late boyfriends hometown to fulfill his wishes.  She finds a very yummy guy who is the first to turn her on in a long time.

 

Aaron finds Kennedy attractive right from the start.  She is in a fragile place, so he is not sure if getting to know her more is a wise idea.  He just cannot let go of how he feels.

 

These characters have such a vibe right from the start.  The banter is so much fun.  The sexy moments and the heat.... well let's just say it is a nice slow burn.  I found this book to be just a bit slower than I expected, but a fine read all on its own.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-10-21 04:04
Honest
Two for the Show - Megan Derr

This is book # 4 in the Lovesongs series also known as The Missing Butterfly Series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  Be aware that it may contain spoilers.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading in order.

 

Nikko has a family crisis he must see to.  He was told by his lawyer to create a scandal so the paparazzi won't find out the personal.  Nikko gets his chance with a kiss to what he believes is a man beyond his reach.

 

Jake is shocked but pleased to be the quarry of a man such as Nikko.  Then to find out it is only pretend.... well he might as well go along.  Why waste the chance with a man he is seriously attracted to?

 

This story just grabbed me from the get go.  Emotional, sexy, and the heat!  Oh this story has more than enough to keep you turning the pages.  I loved the banter between the characters.  The recurring ones from past books add the perfect snark.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-10-20 21:17
The Great Alta Saga: Sister Light, Siste... The Great Alta Saga: Sister Light, Sister Dark; White Jenna; and The One-Armed Queen - Jane Yolen

Reprints of a trilogy from the late 80s- early 90s.  It feels surprisingly contemporary and should be of interest to anyone interested in feminist fantasy. Recommended.

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review 2017-10-20 14:56
The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides) by Valerie Bowman
The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides) - Valerie Bowman

 

Love, lust and pixie dust is a pipe dream when the keeper of your heart is the enemy of your family.  The Right Kind of Rogue is a tale of two hearts seeking to become one, in the face of chaos and adversity.  For Meg, Hart is her fate.  For Hart, Meg is a dangerous temptation.  Caught in the middle of raging feud and a blistering inferno of their own making, can a love written in the stars survive the aftermath?  It's like walking through a fairy tale and finding a great piece of literature.  

 

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